October 31, 2008
Riding the waves
This first show with the new lineup absolutely cooks! Although they have shifted through some lineup changes, the back bone of this band remains strong with Jimmy Conklin holding down rhythm guitar and ever-improving vocals while Nathan Breen shreds incessantly on the lead axe.
They begin the show with the shout out to Akron, Ohio, my wife's hometown, with a cover of the Pretenders classic, My City was Gone. New band members Adam Cortese and Craig Urban settle in nicely as LBF moves in to some originals, including Drought, Hyde, and Fenner. The band moves in to a nice pocket during Dr. Couey, a tribute to an overseas friend. To close the set, they bring out the funk for a booty-shaking rendition of James Brown's Superbad that had the crowd in a frenzy. Jimmy, i didn't know you had it in you, but you do, friend, you do....
After a short setbreak, Little Big Fat brought the house down with Led Zeppelin's Lemon Song. The audience, I can attest, was in a state of rapture as you can hear by the screams on the tape. No doubt, these dudes are throwing down the gauntlet. In contrast to many bands that focus on jamming, these guys have no interest in changin genres like a musical chamelion. Instead, they rock. And after that, they rock some more, much to the delight of their fanbase. They weave in and out of some monster jams during the course of the second set using originals such as Grind, Mr D, and Monroe, as well as classics such as Soul Finger and Foghat's I Just Want to Make Love to You.
In summary, this was a great first show for this lineup. This band will melt your face and move your ass, if you give them the chance. Download this show and check out their website to see when you can ctach their next show. You won't be sorry.....